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    Nearly 100,000 People Protest Against US Nuclear Weapons in Germany

    Nearly 100,000 People Protest Against US Nuclear Weapons in Germany

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    They called on German authorities to stop further nuclear armaments on German soil.

    Almost 100,000 people signed a petition addressing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, German President Joachim Gauck and the German government not to deploy new nuclear weapons in Germany.

    The initiative was launched amid the US’ plans to station up to 20 additional B 61-12 nuclear bombs at Büchel airbase. The activities are being conducted within a NATO sharing program and are raising concerns domestically and internationally.

    Activists, who launched a petition on the platform for social change Change.org, call on the federal government to stop NATO’s nuclear activities in Germany.

    They stress that such activities violate Articles 1 and 2 of the Non-Proliferation Treaty as well as Art. 26 Para 1 of the German constitution, according to which actions undertaken with intent to disturb peaceful relations between nations, especially, to prepare the war of aggression, are considered unconstitutional and punishable.

    A large majority of Bundestag MPs decided in March 2010 that the federal government should "urge American allies to withdraw US nuclear weapons from Germany." However, instead of disarmament the US is planning to deploy some 20 additional nuclear weapons with the explosive power of 80 Hiroshima bombs, according to Focus Online.

    “Since this is about strengthening offensive weapons, we call on the federal government, the Parliament, the Chancellor and the Federal President to stop nuclear armaments on German soil,” the petition said.

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